Years ago,before you could find a million books,and thousands of web pages about the Three Stooges,would try to find information on the various members.When searching for Moe Howard,often got results for Joe Howard.I knew Moe,but not Joe.Never did know Joe until I picked up this show.Kind of a nice,charming little show from the infancy of television,and actually enjoyable.So here it is,the Gay 90's Revue,with Joe Howard,not Moe Howard.So dont just know Moe,get to know Joe!
December 3, 2010 Subject:
The gay nineties revue
Original release: 11 August 1948.
Cast: Joseph E Howard, Lulu Bates, Genevieve Rowe, The Townsman`s Quartet, Honey Murray, Arnaut Brothers and The Three Amos.
Music: Ray Bloch: conductor.
In this fantastic piece, Joe Howard's Gay 90's Revue, the gowned opera singer is Genevieve Rowe. Ms. Rowe was a successful opera singer in the 1930s - 1940s, heard on radio, obviously seen on TV, & featured on many albums of the time. Her father was the Professor of Pianoforte, Organ and Composition, Wooster Conservatory of Music, 1914-1929. Ms. Rowe attended the same institution.
I'd like to thank the person who uploaded this. It's a very enjoyable broadcast that can easily be re-watched. I liked the dancer with what must of been considered a "daring" dress back in the 1890's. The quality is very high.
Reviewer:Archive fan -
November 25, 2008 Subject:
A smooth running little variety show
This program provides a double-distant look into the past. It was broadcast way back in 1948, the earliest days of network television. But it’s also a tribute show going back *another* 50 years to the 1890s. The host is genial Joe Howard, an 81 year old veteran of turn of the last century show biz. He was on Broadway but was first catapulted to fame as the songwriter of the old time hits “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” and “Goodbye My Lady Love.” His songs were so representative of the early 1900s that Kern and Hammerstein put them in the score of Showboat.
I was curious why this live and early TV show was atypically running like a well oiled machine. Turns out Joe had done this before. After Howard’s heyday, he rode the nostalgia boom by hosting The Gay Nineties Review on radio in the 1930s and 1940s. So naturally, when the infant TV was looking for tried and true programming, Joe and his show made the move to the screen.
Aside from featuring some old timey and more modern (for then) talent, the program sports a full orchestra led by Ray Bloch. He had a career in the big band era, which certainly didn’t end with the one-year run of this show. In 1948, he also led the house band for the Ed Sullivan Show and continued till the series ended in 1971. The Gay Nineties Review wasn’t the twilight of Joe Howard, either. He lived till 1961 and the ripe old age of 94.